A Paperback Giveaway!

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Are you on Instagram? Because I’m having a giveaway of Breaking the Rules to celebrate the 4th of July weekend here in the US.

Link to enter is here.

In other news, it’s been interesting having a half-naked man on the cover of my book. When I brought it with me to my son’s class thinking I could proof it while waiting for him at the coffee shop next door (before the instructor asked me to stay with him the whole time for the rest of the week), I realized that I couldn’t just leave it face up without having to cover his torso with something, my phone, a small notebook… anything.

Maybe it’s just me but it garnered a few weird looks. Worse when I had to return to class and stay with the kid the whole time. Because I couldn’t put it inside my purse, it remained on the table face down the entire time. What’s the point of a cover, eh? But then, the Lego class wasn’t exactly its demographic now, was it?

The coffee shop was a different matter. It got me thinking about how reading romance is basically termed by many as “a guilty pleasure,” one where you wouldn’t necessarily flaunt your book cover just anywhere (or admit you like reading it) compared to, let’s say, the latest literary fiction book.

In many ways, it’s made me appreciate the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, no matter the controversy and criticism surrounding its narrative because it flung the door to “guilty pleasures” wide open—not that reading romance is a guilty pleasure compared to literary fiction; reading should be just that… reading.

I remember giving it the side-eye when I first heard about it and I haven’t seen the movies nor plan to mainly because the main actor, Jamie Dornan, sold me as a cold-blooded serial killer/family man in BBC’s The Fall and I can’t see him in anything else.

I’ve had friends and relatives tell me how they never knew BDSM existed until they read FSOG and wonder why I haven’t read it myself. The two reasons why are 1) because I know BDSM doesn’t work the way FSOG depicts it, and 2) I heard of FSOG when it was a Twilight fan fiction story called Masters of the Universe. It had such a huge following that when it was published by a small Australian press called The Writer’s Coffee Shop, it caught the attention of large publishing houses and in the end, Vintage, a subsidiary of Random House won the bidding war for it. It doesn’t even matter that the author changed only 11% of the material from Masters of the Univers Twilight fanfic, but Vintage considers it original work.

And while E-readers also made it possible for us to read whatever we want to read these days without anyone seeing the cover of the book we’re holding in our hands and judging us, it doesn’t mean we’re that comfortable shouting it on the rooftops that we like to read romances… or erotica or smut. My grandfather, a former mayor and judge, used to rip romance books I brought home from school. He didn’t care if it was something I borrowed from a classmate, it had no place in my life. To him, it was trash and there were no exceptions. It actually took me a long time to read romance and a much longer time to admit that I write them. Even now, on my personal FB page, it’s not something I announce to everyone I know that I write romance. it’s just not something any of my friends from school would even come out and admit that they read my books. Instead, I receive private messages telling me they enjoyed reading about Ashe and Riley or Dax and Harlow.

Maybe that’s just how things are depending on where you’re at…

BUT if you’re on Instagram and want to enter to win a book, go check out out my giveaway. I’ll be giving out more than one because we all know the adage, the more the merrier!

 

Have You Heard About My Giveaway?!

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No? Then let me tell you!

I’m celebrating the release of Breaking the Rules with a Kindle Fire 7 PLUS $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway and you can enter to win here.

Not only will you get a chance to win a Kindle Fire but you get $20 to buy all the books that are not mine haha. But seriously, you can buy so many books with $20 unless it’s Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s latest novel which will probably set you back $17.99, leaving you with only 2.01 left to buy another book.

There are many ways to enter, too. So many choices!

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So whatcha waiting for?

I’d also like to wish all the cool fathers and fatherly dudes out there a Happy Father’s Day!

Share-A-Paloosa: Everything She Ever Wanted | Dacia M Arnold

I laughed and cried. I got angry and excited. Durano took me on an emotional rollercoaster in Everything She Ever Wanted… This novel pairs well with Pinot and a nice hot bubble bath. What a super cozy read. I recommend this book to everyone looking for a damn good love story with some juicy conflict.

Source: Share-A-Paloosa: Everything She Ever Wanted | Dacia M Arnold

One of the things I love about blogging is that I get to meet wonderful people from around the world like Dacia Arnold, author of adult light science fiction and whose debut novel Apparent Power is set to be released later this year. She reviewed Everything She Ever Wanted and I’m so happy she enjoyed Dax and Harlow’s story!

She’s also giving away a signed copy so hurry on over to her blog and say hello!

Cover Reveal: Breaking the Rules

Not all promises are made to be broken…

Marine Sawyer Villier has always preferred to keep his life simple and commitment-free. It’s why he lives off the grid in Taos, New Mexico when he’s not guarding billionaires.

But when he runs into his best friend’s widow during a stopover in LA, Sawyer realizes there’s one commitment he’s failed to keep, one he made to the man who saved his life in a time he’s sworn to forget.

But Sawyer’s not the only one having a problem with promises…

Single mother Alma Thomas wishes she could forget the moment when she had to choose between standing by the man she loved or saving herself and their unborn child. After a year spent keeping his secrets safe, all she wants now is to move on.

But when Sawyer reappears in her life determined to honor his promises, will Alma be willing to let go of her own?

BREAKING THE RULES

A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE NOVEL #3

by LIZ DURANO

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A Different Kind of Love Series

BOOK 1:
EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED (AN OLDER WOMAN/YOUNGER MAN ROMANCE)

BOOK 2:
FALLING FOR JORDAN (A SECRET BABY ROMANCE)

BOOK 3:
BREAKING THE RULES 

My January Newsletter

What an imaginative title for a post! But I ran out of good titles before coffee so it will have to do. Anyway, each month I send out a newsletter to my subscribers and while that email is queued to go out early tomorrow morning, you get to see my recommendations and giveaways here first!

What I’ve Been Reading

I added a few books to my library during the holiday break and these are three that are on top of the list (and in no particular order).

Saltwater Scars: In the Deep Book One by Jenna Brett

Saltwater Scars: In The Deep is the first book in a trilogy that follows the adventures of scarred former Marine and billionaire, Neil Morgan, who believes no one will ever love him because of his scars and his baggage, and Ross Gillian, also a former Marine, who’s got her own problems. When he stumbles upon a game-changing technology that could alter the course of history, he inadvertently puts Ross and her family in harm’s way.

To keep her safe, Neil must face his demons and step out of his gilded cage to protect her. But will she let him?

Saltwater Scars: In The Deep is 99 cents or FREE to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Lover Boy: Blue Collar Bachelors Book 1 by Cassie Ann L Miller

The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and in Theresa “Reese” Hartley’s case, a pair of her enormous red granny panties that her gorgeous next-door-neighbor’s young son pulled from her recycling bin to use as a superhero accessory. When he hires her to babysit his adorable troublemaker, not only do her maternal instincts go into overdrive, but the sexual tension between them as well…

I just started reading this and it’s hilarious. It’s currently FREE until 1/12 so grab it now or if you’re in Kindle Unlimited, add it to your library!

Lover Boy: Blue Collar Bachelors Book 1 is the first book in Cassie’s newest series, Blue Collar Bachelors.

The Biographies of Ordinary People: Vol 1: 1989-2000

I discovered Nicole Dieker’s blog during my break and heard about her book. So naturally, I one-clicked it (it’s available on all platforms) and love the realistic drama that unfolds on each page. It’s not a quick read for me but it’s an intimate read. And that’s how I like some of my books sometimes.

Set against the past thirty years of social and cultural changes, this story of the Gruber family, friendship, and artistic ambition takes us into intimately familiar experiences: putting on a play, falling out with a best friend, getting dial-up internet for the first time. Drinking sparkling wine out of a paper cup on December 31, 1999, and wondering what will happen next.

Check out Nicole’s book on Amazon here.

Want to download 30 FREE books? If you’ve got Kindle Unlimited, go ahead and add them to your library!

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Click here to download 30 FREE books

Want to win a signed copy of my books? You’ve got a choice of three to choose from! My current picks for this month’s signed paperback giveaway are Everything She Ever Wanted, Falling For Jordan’s exclusive paperback cover of Jordan and baby Piper, and the brand spanking newly-recovered Collateral Attraction! You get to pick which one!

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Click here to enter the giveaway

Hope you all have a wonderful January and may we get to stick to our resolutions till February 1st!

It’s Boxing Day (or Fill Your E-Reader Day!)

It’s the day after Christmas and it’s time to box everything up – but I’m not because I’m writing for most of the day (the muse finally stopped by late last night but I was too tired to write). And if you’re in the mood to discover new romance authors, then today is your lucky day. My friends have free and $0.99 books you can download to your e-readers and even a giveaway!

First, my friend Elizabeth Lynx has her book free for a limited time. Just click the link to download for Kindle:

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Author Sydney Logan has two of her books FREE today:

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Turn the Page: http://a.co/6p4KP2W
Meet Cute: http://a.co/0GOThrR

And then the group promotions:

 

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If you’re in the mood for short reads, you can download books of different genres (not just romance) here. A newsletter sign-up is required for this one:

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Hope you find a book or two (or more) to read today!

It’s a Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop (over on FB)

Yup! It’s the second year I’m joining sixty-two (62) fellow chick lit and rom-com authors in the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop and it’s a big one! So if you’re a fan of chick lit of romantic comedies, make sure to check out the hop and enter to win some amazing prizes from your favorite and new-to-you authors as well as the main prizes that include $100 Amazon gift cards, perfect for buying more books!

So what’s my giveaway?

Well, it’s one of my books, some book swag, and a Coach side-wristlet that perfectly matches the book. (It only took me an hour to finalize the darn graphic below, but it’s so color-coordinated I’m chuffed to bits!)

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To enter, you’ll need to click on the image or here to go to my Facebook page and enter.  It should be the pinned post on the page and the contest goes on until December 16 so definitely check it out.

On an unrelated note, I posted something about the fire off the 405 freeway a few hours ago but ended up deleting it after learning that a stable/ranch where I’ve gone to ride horses lost everything, including 30 horses. Shortly after that, my phone blared to notify me to stay on high alert because strong winds overnight means extreme fire danger. <sigh> Such is life. It’s been surreal the past few days. Heck, make it the past year!

It’s a Dirty Santa Blog Hop!

It’s time for the Dirty Santa Blog Hop sponsored by Up Till Dawn Book Blog, and I’m glad you stopped by! In case we haven’t met, I’m Liz and I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction. My latest novel, Falling for Jordan, book 2 in A Different Kind of Love series, follows one doctor’s one-night stand that results in an unexpected pregnancy and a little white lie she tells everyone to save her reputation. And when he pops back into her life again, she’ll need to decide whether her reputation is more important than the truth.

For this romance blog hop, I’m giving away a straight-to-Kindle copy of Falling for Jordan and a $10 Amazon gift card, perfect for buying more books! Simply click on the banner below to enter the giveaway!

When you’re done, come back here and hop on over to the other participating blogs listed below!

 PARTICIPATING BLOGS

1. Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog 7. Shannon Nemechek 13. Sabrina’s Musings
2. Author J.D. Wright 8. Ysa Arcangel’s Den 14. Jana Richards
3. Rosanna Leo 9. Samie Sands 15. Readeropolis
4. Michelle’s Musings 10. Melinda Valentine 16. Tammysdragonfly
5. Liz Durano 11. Bargnhtress
6. Erin Lee 12. Miranda Holman

Indie-pendence Blog Hop Giveaway!

Welcome to the Indie-pendence Blog Hop & Giveaway, hosted by Love Kissed Book Bargains!

I’m Liz and I write contemporary romance, from older women loving younger men to Hollywood stars falling for the barista next door. My latest release is NEED, a Drazen World novella set in CD Reiss’ Submission series and it’s out now.

For the hop, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card.  To enter, tell me what you’re currently reading in the comments. My novel, Finding Sam – Part One is also free so grab a copy before you go!

Winners will be chosen at random. Giveaway is open from 12pm EST on 7/14 until 11:59pm EST on 7/28.

The next stop on the hop is Ja’Nese Dixon. To enter to win her prize, please visit her blog here: http://www.janesedixon.com

Don’t forget to visit: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/2017/07/12/indie-pendence-blog-hop-giveaway/

Enter the Grand Prize Giveaway to win a FREE Kindle!